HomeNewsBriefUS Gun Dealers on Mexico Border Must Report Multiple Sales
BRIEF

US Gun Dealers on Mexico Border Must Report Multiple Sales

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 18 JAN 2012 BY EDWARD FOX EN

A ruling by a US judge on tracking the sale of high-powered firearms in states on the southern border is a step forward for authorities trying to legislate against the flow of guns into Mexico.

Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer upheld an order made last year by the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The ATF asked more than 8,000 gun dealers in Arizona, Texas, California and New Mexico to report sales of multiple semi-automatic rifles to one individual within five business days, reported Reuters.

The ruling is likely to be welcomed by Mexican and US officials who have decried the lack of laws to control arms trafficking. Gun retailers, and the National Rifle Association (NRA) argued the new law will do little, with the NRA’s executive vice-president stating, “These drug cartels … rape, they rob, they murder … they’re not going to be deterred by a form.”

Collyer’s decision came one day after a report in the LA Times suggested the ATF was facing controversy with its operation “White Gun.” It allegedly suffered similar logistical failures to the “Fast and Furious” operation, which allowed the sale of weapons to suspected traffickers in order to track them, but saw some 2,000 weapons go missing.

ATF officials declined to comment on whether any weapons had been lost under White Gun.

InSight Crime Analysis

The ruling is a rare victory for the ATF and the Obama administration in its battle to reign in gun trafficking across the Mexican border.

It will allow the ATF to better police the US weapons stores that indirectly supply Mexico’s cartels with many of their firearms. It will also permit the Obama administration to tell the Mexican government that it is doing something to slow the flow of these weapons.

However, the ATF and the government will continue to face scrutiny from gun advocates, especially if they win more victories like this.

Compartir icon icon icon

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Related Content

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 9 FEB 2011

In videos released by the New York City mayor's office, hidden cameras recorded how easy it is to buy guns…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 25 FEB 2021

Located on Paraguay’s border with Brazil, Canindeyú is a key criminal hub in the tri-border area.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 6 SEP 2013

Authorities in Honduras say recent arrests of women transporting weapons indicate they are now being used by criminal groups for…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

We Have Updated Our Website

4 FEB 2021

Welcome to our new home page. We have revamped the site to create a better display and reader experience.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

BRIEF

InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…